17 Sep 2015

HIV charity strikes the right chord with fundraisers

Musician performers

Fundraising music lovers were treated to a night of great performances at the Body & Soul live music event this summer.

Musicians performed for free in aid of the pioneering London-based charity which supports children, teens and families living with HIV.

The rain didn’t stop the crowd from enjoying artists such as Maz O’Connor and singer-songwriter Malunga Yese. A particular highlight of the night was the toe tapping performance put on by headline band, John Landau & The Giants

Support for everyone living with HIV

“It was a terrific night and was really well attended,” said Alison Gray, who organised the event for Body & Soul. “Everyone had a great time and our yummy summery cocktails also went down very well.”

More than £2000 was raised during the event which will go toward supporting the free services the charity provides for people living with and affected by HIV. Established in 1996 the member base has now grown to over 5000 families.

“As well as raising funds, the night also gave us the chance to raise the profile of Body & Soul in the community,” added Alison. “HIV is still a much stigmatised disease and for many of our members, Body & Soul is the only place where they can talk openly and without judgement.

“Members have referred to Body & Soul as ‘their family’, a place that accepts them as they are. Our charity provides support for the whole family affected by HIV, not just those with the HIV diagnosis.

“In addition, Body & Soul has run a number of successful campaigns including Life In My Shoes which aims to break down the stigma associated with HIV by educating young people.”

All the money raised goes to charity

Alison says it was an easy decision to use MyDonate.

“I think MyDonate is great as all the money raised goes to the charity. And by choosing MyDonate we saved £100 in fees which means an extra 25 teenagers can attend a Body & Soul workshop.

“The platform is also easy to use.”

Summing up the spectacular night, Alison wants to thank everyone who bought a ticket and came along, and the musicians who made the event such a success.

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